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22 guilty pleasure recipes to make when you just want to eat what you want

22 guilty pleasure recipes to make when you just want to eat what you want

A healthy diet is important, but every now and then you need to splurge, treat yourself, indulge in a cheat meal, or take comfort in one of your favorite foods. The following dishes range from classic unhealthy meals packed with calories and carbohydrates to greasy pub fare to sugary breakfasts and decadent desserts. Here are 22 guilty pleasure recipes you can make if you just want to eat what you want.

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Salads usually contain some type of vegetable, but don’t tell that about potato salad, pasta salad, or tuna salad. The biggest impostor has to be ragweed salad, a fruit salad that not only contains marshmallows, but the fruit consists of canned mandarins and canned maraschino cherries. Oh, and if this recipe from Dinner, Then Dessert will tell you: the dressing is made from whipped cream, sour cream and powdered sugar.

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Dates wrapped in bacon

Dates wrapped in bacon

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Anything wrapped in bacon can qualify for this list, but our personal favorite option is bacon-wrapped dates. We’ve seen a few different versions of this appetizer before and would heartily recommend it this recipe from Pinch of Yumcalling for the dates to be filled with goat cheese.

Biscuits & gravy

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A friend once compared a breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy to starting the day drinking cement. In defense of this dish, we think cement isn’t nearly as tasty, but both will weigh heavily in your stomach and digestive tract. Biscuits also contain white flour and almost no nutritional value, and the sausage gravy is packed with saturated fat and calories. That said, when we see biscuits and gravy on a breakfast menu, they’re hard to resist. Make them yourself at home with this recipe from Bless This Mess Please

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cheeseburger pizza

cheeseburger pizza

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Our Italian relatives would be shocked if they knew we desecrated pizza by adding hamburger, pickles, ketchup and mustard – and so would a dietitian. But a cheeseburger pizza like this one from I Wash You Dry is the combination of two of our absolute favorite foods, and it’s hard to say no to that.

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Chicago style hot dog

Chicago style hot dog

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It seems that people always need an excuse to eat hot dogs, such as going to a ball game, attending a backyard barbecue, or being a small child. Just wanting to eat what you want is a good enough excuse for us. But if we want to have a hot dog, we want to make it count, and brew a classic Chicago-style hot dog like this one from Mashedwhich uses an all-beef frank topped with sliced ​​tomato, chopped onion, sport peppers, a dill pickle, sauce, mustard, and celery salt.

Chicken nuggets

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Nuggets are for chicken as hot dogs are for pork, which is why most consumers of chicken nuggets are children. But it doesn’t to have so be it, just like chicken nuggets don’t have to contain random bits of chicken. This recipe from Food Network still cooks the nuggets in oil, but only uses chicken breast for the meat.

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Chili cheese fries

Chili cheese fries

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Crispy French fries topped with gooey cheese sauce, hearty beans, flavorful beef, and cool sour cream is a combination that’s just right, especially when you’re craving some comfort food. Dinner at the zoo can help you step up your frying game.

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Chocolate waffles

Chocolate waffles

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These waffles from The Unlikely Baker aren’t just waffles with chocolate chips – they even have cocoa powder mixed in. But there to be also chocolate chips in it, making them double chocolate wafers. And if you want to add chocolate chips on top, that’s okay. And if you want to add whipped cream and/or ice cream, that’s okay too.

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Cinnamon bun monkey bread

Cinnamon bun monkey bread

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This is one of those recipes that we love, but every time we eat it, we say, “We can’t do this for a while.” That’s because they’re basically cinnamon rolls with extra sugar, extra brown sugar, and extra butter…plus frosting on top. To make it even more tempting: you can bake it all in your slow cooker with this recipe from Crazy for Crust

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Fried candy bars

Fried candy bars

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What is one of the least nutritious things you could eat? A candy bar. What is the least nutritious way to prepare food? The frying. Combine those two things and you get fried candy bars. With Just A Pinch it will be easy

Doritos nachos

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Nachos are already a bit of a guilty pleasure food, just like Doritos. But using your favorite flavor of Doritos as chips in a nacho recipe? That is thinking at the next level. (Or think midnight munchie.) My Casual Pantry has a recipe to get you startedbut feel free to customize it with your favorite toppings.

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Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine Alfredo is nicknamed “heart attack on a plate,” which is a pretty clear signal that it’s not a dish that should be eaten on a regular basis. This version of Modern Honey combines 1.5 cups of heavy cream, 6 tablespoons of butter, and a generous helping of Parmesan cheese with a pound of carb-packed pasta — and it’s delicious.

Fish & chips

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Shout out to our friends across the pond in the UK as we love fish & chips as greasy comfort food too. But you don’t need a plane ticket, passport or trip to a British pub to enjoy quality fish and chips—this recipe from Daring Gourmet can help you make your own home with haddock, halibut or cod.

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French onion dip

French onion dip

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Butter, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, onion and some herbs combined to make this French onion dip from RecipeTin Eats† Of course, the culprit of this enjoyable food is the fact that it gives you an excuse to gobble up an entire bag of chips.

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Funfetti cupcakes

Funfetti cupcakes

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We have countless friends and relatives who treat themselves to funfetti cupcakes when they need a pick-me-up. Just to be clear, we’re talking strictly about non-birthday occasions, because that’s when these festive, confetti-esque cupcakes feel like a splurge the most. Cream cheese icing is mandatory for funfetti cupcakes in our opinion, which is why we recommend this recipe from Mild Meandering.

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jalapeno poppers

jalapeno poppers

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Jalapenos are low in calories and high in vitamin A, vitamin C, carotene, and potassium… so let’s tone down those benefits by filling them with high-fat cream cheese and cheddar cheese and frying them in oil. That statement may sound like a deterrent, but it actually just made us hungry. This recipe from Classic Recipes makes us even hungrier because it also has bacon in it.

Luther Burger

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As if a bacon cheeseburger wasn’t unhealthy enough, this Luther Burger from The Spruce Eats uses two halves of a glazed donut as the bun. If you really want to go all out, you can even use one donut for the top bun and a second donut for the bottom bun.

Nutella pancakes

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Nutella is best consumed in moderation, which is why we love spreading a whole bunch of it on a big old crepe or two (or three!) dusted with some extra powdered sugar. Strawberries and/or bananas are also great additions, and this recipe from Everyday Dishes even recommends – and explains how to make caramelized bananas.

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peanut butter milkshake

peanut butter milkshake

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You only need milk, ice cream, peanut butter and vanilla extract to make this creamy peanut butter milkshake from Baking Mischief† That, of course, excludes the toppings, which can be anything from whipped cream and chocolate to nuts, peanut butter cups, or Reese’s Pieces.

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Pulled pork mac & cheese

Pulled pork mac & cheese

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Our favorite way to add some protein to mac & cheese is to top it with a generous portion of pulled pork. There’s a fair amount of protein in pulled pork — which we love — but this dish is our absolute favorite because smoky barbecue sauce and gooey cheese go so well together. This Sweet Tea & Thyme recipe proves it

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Ramen is a simple, cheap, tasty and easy to prepare meal – and if you’re like us, you survived into your 20s. However, ramen is loaded with sodium and lacking in protein, fiber and other beneficial nutrients, so it’s best to limit this dish to an occasional treat. If you’re going to treat yourself, consider a more elaborate meal than the packaged version, such as this still quick recipe from Pinch of Yum that includes shiitake mushrooms, kale, carrots, and eggs.

Stuffed shells

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Stuffed shells were obviously invented because someone ate ravioli and said, “But what if we used an even bigger piece of pasta and filled it with even more ricotta?” If you only want to eat carbs, sauce and cheese, try this recipe from Dinner at the Zoo

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